PSYCHOL 7133 - Abnormal Psychology

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021

This unit aims to describe psychological problems as they present and are diagnosed and treated across the lifespan ? with special reference to diagnostic systems, ethical principles and pharmacological treatments. On completion of this unit the student will be able to demonstrate: thorough and critical understanding of the most commonly-used diagnostic classification systems (e.g. DSM, ICD) and techniques for diagnostic assessment (e.g. SCID, MINI, psychometric scales); knowledge of the causes, presentation, diagnosis and treatment of psychological problems from childhood to old age; a basic understanding of the SA mental health system and its supporting legislation; and a critical approach to the research evidence-base and to professional development activities

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PSYCHOL 7133
    Course Abnormal Psychology
    Coordinating Unit Psychology
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites PSYCHOL 7130
    Assumed Knowledge Psychology Honours degree and relevant undergraduate introductions to abnormal psychology and evidence-base practice
    Restrictions Available to M Psych (Clin) and PhD/MPsych(Clin) students only or by permission of Head of School
    Course Description This unit aims to describe psychological problems as they present and are diagnosed and treated across the lifespan ? with special reference to diagnostic systems, ethical principles and pharmacological treatments. On completion of this unit the student will be able to demonstrate: thorough and critical understanding of the most commonly-used diagnostic classification systems (e.g. DSM, ICD) and techniques for diagnostic assessment (e.g. SCID, MINI, psychometric scales); knowledge of the causes, presentation, diagnosis and treatment of psychological problems from childhood to old age; a basic understanding of the SA mental health system and its supporting legislation; and a critical approach to the research evidence-base and to professional development activities
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Michael Proeve

    School of Psychology Office: psychologyoffice@adelaide.edu.au; ph +61 8313 5693
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.


    Details of the timetable are located in MyUni.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Apply and evaluate critically the most commonly-used diagnostic classification systems and techniques for diagnostic assessment.
    2. Demonstrate a strong working knowledge of the causes, presentation, diagnosis and treatment of psychological problems from childhood to old age
    3. Apply common approaches to assessing symptoms and signs of psychological disorders.
    4. Demonstrate ability to identify appropriate interventions for common psychological disorders, taking into account individual differences.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Advanced knowledge of the discipline of psychology (theories, evidence, methods, interventions)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Participation in seminar program delivered delivered by practitioners .
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    The Library is a major resource centre for students.

    Suggested Textbook

    Kring, A.M., Kyrios, M., Fassnacht, D., Lambros, A., Mihaljcic, T., & Teesson, M. (2018). Abnormal psychology.(1st Australian edition). Milton, Qld: Wiley.

    Other resources published on MyUni.



    Online Learning
    Students will utilise MyUni to access resources, and share their experiences of professional development activities.

    This course may use MyUni for one or more of the following:

    - Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board
    - Submission of assessment
    - Access to resources such as additional readings
    - Self-directed learning activities

    Link to MyUni:  https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Face-to-face interactive seminars, complemented with reading, reflection, and on-line resources.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Seminars: 13 x 3 hours - 39 hours
    Mental status exercise: 5 hours
    Diagnostic exercise: 10 hours
    Exam preparation: 39 hours
    Final test: 1.5 hours
    Independent reading and research: 60 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lectures will be held weekly on a TUESDAY morning from 9.10 am – 12 noon Hughes 526/527. This is a provisional program, which may be changed or updated.

    Week Topic Lecture
    Week 1 Course introduction. Diagnostic systems and treatment planning. Abnormal Psychology
    Week 2 Diagnostic interviewing and assessment. Abnormal Psychology
    Week 3 Psychosis. Abnormal Psychology
    Week 4 Anxiety disorders. Abnormal Psychology
    Week 5 Mood disorders and Adjustment disorder. Abnormal Psychology
    Week 6 Eating disorders. Abnormal Psychology
    Week 7 Substance abuse. Abnormal Psychology
    Week 8 Personality disorders. Abnormal Psychology
    Week 9 Childhood disorders. Abnormal Psychology
    Week 10 Childhood disorders. Abnormal Psychology
    Week 11 Mental health problems of older people. Abnormal Psychology
    Week 12 Introduction to Psychopharmacology. Abnormal Psychology
    Week 13 Lived Experience Abnormal Psychology

    Disclaimer: This program is provisional and subject to change. 


    Specific Course Requirements
    On the initial enrolment into one of the Master’s programs, all students (unless already a Registered Psychologist) MUST apply for and obtain provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.  All students are required to provide a copy of their registration details to the Program Administrator on their first day in the Program: this will be required for the Summer School courses Interviewing & Intervention and Evidence-Based Practice. The application form and details of fees payable are available from the PBA website: http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/Forms.aspx.

    Candidates are required to consent to a police check as part of their application to the Psychology Board of Australia for Provisional Registration, a requirement of enrolment in the program. A satisfactory current police check is a mandatory requirement for acceptance to and continuation within the program.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Not applicable
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed
    Diagnosis exercise. Summative 40% 1, 3, 4
    Mental status exercise Summative 20% 3
    Final test Summative 40% 2, 4

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must attend at least 80% of classes.  Attendance lists are maintained and lateness is recorded as failure to attend. Failure to meet this attendance requirement (i.e. absence from three or more sessions in this course) may lead to exclusion from the course.

    Redemption assignments will be set for any lecture that is missed, to ensure that the student gains adequate exposure to, and understanding of, the material that they missed.  These must be completed to the satisfaction of the lecturer or course co-ordinator.

    In order to pass the course overall, students must pass each of the 3 components of the assessment.
    Assessment Detail
    The aim of these assessments is to encourage students to read and reflect on core course materials and content, while also engaging in active learning activities.

    Further details about these assessments will be provided at the commencement of the course.


    Submission
    Assignments are required to be submitted online by the specified dates.

    The School of Psychology undertakes to adhere to the University’s Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, Procedure 6a, which requires that assessments are returned within 4 weeks of the deadlines for submission.

    Extension of time for an assignment may be granted at the discretion of the Course Coordinator, to whom students should apply in writing (or email) before the due date and time.

    No requests for extensions will be considered if made after the due date and time.

    Please refer to the University Assessment Policy
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    GS8 (Coursework Grade Scheme)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing
    FNS Fail No Submission
    NFE No Formal Examination
    F Fail
    NGP Non Graded Pass
    P Pass
    C Credit
    D Distinction
    HD High Distinction
    RP Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.



    In order to achieve specified grades for a course in a
    professional program, students must demonstrate the following:

    Non-graded Pass
    (a) Satisfies minimum competence in the assessment tasks.
    (b) Familiarity with core texts and materials.
    (c) Satisfactory knowledge of relevant principles and concepts;
    (d) Evidence of ability to construct coherent argument based on evidence.
    (e) Evidence of minimum competence in analytical and evaluative skills.
    (f) Satisfactory competence in applying fundamental concepts and skills.
    (g) Satisfactory competence in expression and presentation; accurate and
    consistent acknowledgement of sources.

    Fail

    (a) Fails to satisfy minimum competence in the assessment tasks.
    (b) Insufficient evidence of having read core texts and materials.
    (c) Insufficient knowledge of relevant principles and concepts.
    (d) Insufficientevidence of ability to construct coherent argument based on
    evidence.
    (e) Insufficient evidence of competent analytical and evaluative skills.
    (f) Insufficient demonstration of competence in applying fundamental concepts
    and skills.
    (g) Unsatisfactory skills in expression and presentation; inaccurate and
    inconsistent acknowledgement of sources.


    Students will have an opportunity to resubmit any assessment that receives a
    failed grade.



    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available through MyUni.

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